Town cancels broadband project

by Vance Gutzman

Deep River has cancelled its request for proposal (RFP) that would have seen the municipality procure a supplier of high-speed, broadband Internet service in the municipality. 

The town signed on with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) last spring in the hopes of securing Internet speeds of up to 200 Mbps – 50 to 100 times faster than what’s available today.

EORN, a not-for-profit corporation charged with building and managing the Eastern Ontario Broadband Project, issued a joint request for proposals (RFP) with Deep River and Laurentian Hills to that effect, and received responses from three companies – Cogeco, North Frontenac Telephone Company and North Renfrew Telephone Company.

The three proponents were interviewed in February, and then evaluated and scored using a matrix that had been published in the RFP.

As previously reported, Deep River held a closed session meeting two weeks ago to discuss the results and recommendations from EORN. The matter was raised again during a closed meeting session before council’s regular April meeting last Wednesday.

The town then issued a media release Friday announcing the cancellation of the RFP process.

Details of the proposals or potential costs were not released.

“Council was very optimistic that the process would result in a technological solution that was affordable to serve the long-term needs of the residents of Deep River,” Mayor Joan Lougheed stated in the release.

> for more on this story, pick up a copy of the April 26 North Renfrew Times…